Valentines Day; Frankie & Benny's

By 2/16/2015

This year was myself and Jacks first ever valentines day together! I was woken up (at the very unromantic and early hour of 7:30am) to a card and a heart shaped balloon, and an apology that his other deliveries hadn't come in it looks like I'll be getting more romance in the weeks to come!

In all honesty, despite being a romance lover I've never really had a special valentines day and I was so excited to spend the day with Jack. I was supposed to be in work but my back was in agony from working it too hard the week before so I stayed home. 

We spent the majority of the day with Jack's dad & stepmum who had come over to decorate the nursery with Jack- I'll make a post on our progress soon! Once they were all too worn out to carry on, Jack asked me if I'd like to go out for dinner- we were initially going to stay in and just cook something together. 

I am a food lover, especially if I'm not the one who has to cook so we got dolled up and headed over to the very busy Frankie & Benny's in Bedford. Thankfully we'd called to get ourselves a table in advance so we were seated right away and someone came over to ask if we'd like some dipping bread to start and a drink. We were worried that since it was so full being valentines day that we'd feel rushed and that the waiters wouldn't give us much time or personality, but this was all fine when we got there.

It was a little dark and the music was loud but some sweet candlelight and giggling at all the young teenage couples coming in for their first dates (apparently a date with their phone in some cases!) set the mood and I felt very relaxed and looked forward to eating and chatting with Jack.

For starter we shared 'Dipping Dough Balls'- I am a huge fan of warm dough in any Italian restaurant and these really hit the mark, although neither of us could for the life of us tell you what was in the yellow dipping sauce. We stuck to the garlic butter- bring on the stinky kisses later...and let's hope none of the first daters made the same mistake I did by eating almost the whole tub of garlic paste to myself... The balls came in a decent portion and we weren't fighting over them as there were plenty to go around without rushing.

For Jack's main, he ordered a 'Crispy Chicken Philly Burger' and I'm assuming it was fantastic as he'd eaten most of it before I had a chance to get my camera out and take a picture. Much to my disappointment, it wasn't a Philadelphia cheese burger- it meant it originated from the place, but he said he enjoyed it all the same.

I ordered the bolognese for my main, with spaghetti. In F&B's you get a choice of penne or spaghetti which I think is great as it can shake up a meal and make it more your own. After finally getting enough cheese on top- I wish they'd just leave the grater as once that first layer is gone I just want more!- I dug in, and it was fantastic! The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce wasn't so oily that I was flicking it around the table and my face while I ate the spaghetti. Overall a win on the main courses!

Finally for dessert, being a romantic meal, we decided to split the sundae to destroy all sundaes....'The Godfather'. A warm brownie, cranberry, Maltesers, ice cream and chocolate sauce extravaganza! They provide two long spoons which makes for a giggly romantic sharing dish, fueled by sugar highs, romantic settings and fighting over who gets to raise the near empty chalice and drink the gunk at the end... I am pregnant so naturally I got to claim this moment.

(You can see how dark it was in there now! I had to use flash!)

All in all, the food and atmosphere were great in F&B's. There were a few moments we felt the waiter was in too much of a rush as he had run off before we had finished asking for things assuming we were done, but it was what we had expected on one of the busiest evenings of the year so far. It got suddenly dark several times for someone's birthday cake, at which point they also turned the music right up to play their signature birthday medley, but again as the restaurant is normally more of a family orientated place, this was expected.

Overall we had a wonderful day!
Love, Steph xo

(I was not asked to write this post, all words and opinions are my own!)

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  1. Glad you had a great Valentines. I do love going to F&B but it always seems to take so long to get food!
    Btw I must be just down the road from you. I'm in Huntingdon

  2. The food came super fast, and was taken away with a mere 'All good?!'- the waiter left again before we could answer but yeah it was fab :) Oh that's not far!

  3. Glad you had a nice valentines day! I spent mine jumping in puddles with my little girl and baking cookies! Thanks for linking up #MummyMonday x

    1. That'll be me this time next year when my little girl is around :D sounds great! x

  4. That dessert looks yummy! Hope your back is much better now :) #mummymonday

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